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OANA Request On Housing Cost During Covid 19

Update: OANA request on Housing Costs during COVID 19

We appreciate the efforts of Governor Andrew Cuomo and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney to address housing issues created by COVID 19 as expressed in today’s QNS.COM article.

We ask that they take it to the next level!

OANA thanks Governor Cuomo, with his directive on mortgage payments, and Congresswoman Maloney in addressing the financial health of our housing

“We at OANA ask that you make sure that the rent holiday, which we support, is not financed on the backs of small landlords. We ask that any costs be borne by either the Banks or the Government.

We also feel that the rent holiday should mirror the terms of the mortgage relief. In other words, if mortgage payments are deferred, not forgiven then rent relief should also be deferred.

A comprehensive, holistic package needs to be pursued so that our housing remains healthy. We don’t need an influx of foreclosures, especially when the mortgage holiday ends. There is no more direct path to a repeat of the 2008 crisis (Which was based on the collapse of mortgages) than allowing housing costs to exceed income

Also, while it is a positive that there is a possible holiday for mortgage payments (We don’t know the specific criteria yet), it does not address taxes, insurance, and utility costs. These need to be included also in the package so that no one feels forced to look for work.

I know that in most small landlord’s cases, mortgage is often no more than 75% of their total costs.

We are all working towards a healthier society on many levels. This is an important facet with long term implications.”

Mr. Khuzami has been a member of Community Board 1 in Astoria, NY for the last 20 years. He sits on the Zoning and parks Committees and is on the Executive Board. Previously, he served as Parks and Culture chair of Community Board 1 for eleven years and also chaired Capital and Expense priority Committee. He is a member of the Queens General Assembly and had been a panelist for grant submissions for the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA). Richard also is an officer of The Eastern Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance (EMBCA) and President of OANA.

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